A film by Ognjen Glavonić
2018, 98 minutes
No. 227


Premiering to rapturous reviews in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, Ognjen Glavonić’s narrative feature debut, The Load, is a taut suspense thriller recalling The Wages of Fear and Sorcerer.

During NATO’s bombing of Serbia in 1999, Vlada, a truck driver, is hired to undertake a treacherous path across his war-torn country and deliver mysterious cargo. On a journey where friend and foe prove indistinguishable, Vlada comes to realize the horrifying ramifications of his mission. 

Brilliantly photographed and overwhelmingly atmospheric, The Load signals the arrival of a major talent.

Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection, New Directors / New Films
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival
Winner, Best Film, Zagreb Film Festival
Winner, Best Director, Pingyao Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon International Film Festival
Winner, Best Director, Marrakech International Film Festival
Winner, Best Director, Art Film Fest
Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Cottbus Film Festival
Winner, Best International Film, Haifa International Film Festival

“Has the rare quality of dramatizing not the obvious evils of a conflict, but the tortuous grey zone of how survival can implicate participation.” — Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook

“A clear-eyed political thriller.” — Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

“Harrowing. A willful anti-thriller. An impressive new filmmaker.” — Jessica Kiang, Variety

“An austere suspense thriller.” — Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter